Archive for the ‘New Belgium Brewing’ Category

Val and I are watching a show that details what happens to tiny house owners after their house is built. We couldn’t live in one of these and I give people a lot of credit who make it work. While watching this, I definitely needed a beer.

fathoppyale

ABV: 6%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “For our new Fat Tire & Friends Collabeeration Pack, we teamed up with Firestone Walker from Paso Robles, Calif. A happily hopified Fat Tire thanks to our California friends. First, they created an assertive hop presence and then they added a lager yeast to the Fat Tire recipe. The result? A hoppy amber lager version of Fat Tire with an amplified American hop aroma and flavor. Time for you to hop on this Fat, too.”

Random: I couldn’t live in a place without a real toilet.

The beer poured with a three finger, off white head that was thick and dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, amber color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was quite herbal with a vegetal note that I couldn’t place. It also had grapefruit pith and pine needles. The taste was filled with pine and dry alcohol. It also had a flavor that reminded me of green NyQuil. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a quick, but medicinal finish. The bottle was $1.42, which broke down to $.12 per ounce. This beer was a total miss for me. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

I think that brewers taking chances and reimagining old classics is pretty cool, which is why I bought the New Belgium Fat Tire and Friends mixed pack. I’ve already reviewed a few on the blog, so let’s see how this one is.

fatfunkale

ABV: 5.6%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “For our new Fat Tire & Friends Collabeeration Pack, we teamed up with Allagash Brewing from Portland, Maine. Who wants the funk? Fat Tire wants the funk. Our New England friends at Allagash brought it, taking Fat Tire back to its Belgian roots with a De Dolle house Belgian yeast strain that adds classic pear, banana and spice to Fat Tire’s malty goodness. They then bottle-conditioned the beer with Brettanomyces Allagagensis for a spicy finish. Get your funk on.”

Random: Every time I see a horse in the winter with a blanket on, it makes me think of a funky beer.

The beer poured with a huge, four finger, off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and mahogany colored with light carbonation. The nose was lightly funky with green apples, white grapes and caramel malt. The taste had white grapes up front and less funk than was apparent on the nose. It also had green apple skins and light toasted malt. It had a medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with white grapes and green apples. A bottle of this was $1.42, which broke down to $.12 an ounce. I thought that this was an interesting take on a classic, but I wouldn’t have more than one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is another one from the New Belgium Fat Tire mixed pack. I always think it’s risky making an apple flavored beer since apple can be a mark of an off flavor. Let’s see how it was.

fatsourappleale

ABV: 5.9%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “For our new Fat Tire & Friends Collabeeration Pack, we teamed up with Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) from Portland, Ore. Our heroes at HUB pedaled Fat Tire straight to the apple orchard. This slightly sour homage starts out with a snap of tartness, courtesy of Lactobacillus and apple juice, then gets balanced with Fat Tire-inspired malty sweetness and a slight herbal bitterness. Nice ride, HUB!”

Random: Green apples are my favorite apples.

The brew poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and mahogany colored with moderate carbonation visible. The nose started with caramel malt and then went into green apple juice and mineral water. It had a sour note as well. The taste started with tartness and quickly went into green apple peel and green apple juice. It had a hint of green watermelon rind and grapes. The caramel malt came through at the end. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a lengthy and tart green apple finish. I don’t remember how much I paid for the beer, but I thought this beer was a miss. The tartness didn’t blend well with the sweet malt at the end. I won’t be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I have a soft spot in my heart for mixed twelve packs. I saw this one on sale and had to bring it home and see how they reinterpreted Fat Tire, which I first reviewed in 2013. This is the first one that I cracked open.

fatwildale

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “For our new Fat Tire & Friends CollaBEERation Pack, we teamed up with Avery Brewing from Boulder, Colo. Go wild for Fat. Thanks to Boulder’s finest for this unabashedly tropic take on Fat Tire. Avery took a healthy dose of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis Drie to create a Fat Tire spin with a sturdy malt backbone, fruity hop aroma and a tropical pineapple layer. Heed the call of the wild Fat Tire.”

Random: Val is brushing one of the cats and he looks so happy. Who knew cats like brushing so much?

This beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head that was thick and took awhile to dissipate. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was mahogany and clear with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose had some funk to it with white vinegar. It quickly went into caramel malt. The taste also had a vinegar funk to it with green apple. There was some sweetness that followed up with caramel. After a few sips, there was a dark fruit note that I couldn’t quite place. The body was thin with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with caramel malt. I didn’t know exactly what to do with this beer. Once I got to enjoying the tart and funk that it brought, it went into the sweet aspect. Although I appreciated the fact they were trying to do something different with a classic, but this missed the mark.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I love mixing the flavors of watermelon and lime. Usually, I find it in a salad, but I was curious to try it in a beer.

heavymelon

ABV: 5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hot summer nights, jam out to the cooling waves of Heavy Melon Ale, our newest seasonal track. Brewed with juicy watermelon and zesty lime peel, this crushable ale rips with a blast of melon notes. Ripened fruit aromas of melon, papaya and citrus climax with an enticing aroma, and set up an invigorating wash of fruity sweetness, grassy bitterness and the slightest touch of tartness. Super crisp and refreshing from start to finish, Heavy Melon Ale shreds through the summer heat.”

Random: This is a summer seasonal.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. A small crown was left on top of the clear, straw-yellow body. It had high carbonation to go with it. The nose had a lot of grain up front and a weird metallic smell. What it didn’t have was a lot of watermelon or lime. Before you think I’m having an old bottle, I actually reviewed this in June. The taste didn’t have the same metallic note, which was a positive. But, the taste had watermelon notes that reminded me more of the rind than the flesh. There was an artificial sweetener note and a tartness that I couldn’t specifically place as lime. There was a lot of grain in the taste as well. The body had medium thickness with was too heavy for the flavors with aggressive carbonation. It had a quick finish with the same watermelon rind. A single bottle was $1.66, which came to $.14 per ounce. Despite the affordable price, I will not be having this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Tonight is another selection from New Belgium. I haven’t seen many reviews of this beer yet, but I wanted to give it a shot.

hoppyblonde

ABV: 5.7%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Take the leap and hop into the tropics with Hoppy Blonde Ale. This easy-drinking beer sips light and refreshing with a soft malt base, while vibrant notes of mango, lemon, blueberry and pine spring across the tongue courtesy of Mosaic, UK Admiral and Centennial dry-hopping. Light enough to session, but with a head rush of hops, Hoppy Blonde will leave you jumping for more.”

Random: One of my cats, Simcoe, was just prancing around the room with a fake mouse in his mouth. It took me a few seconds to figure out that it wasn’t real.

This beer poured with a thick, two finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left spiderweb lacing n the glass. The body was a clear, medium yellow color with aggressive carbonation. The nose had a significant hop presence. I picked up pine and grass along with floral notes. There wasn’t any malt to this. The taste had a hop presence, but not as aggressive as the nose. The same pine and grass was there as well. The floral note was overtaken by the pine and after a few sips, I also picked up some grapefruit rind. I also found a grain-like malt note at the end. The one thing that bothered me was the watery body. The carbonation was light, which added to my dislike of the beer. It had a quick finish with light hop presence. I picked this one up for $1.75 ($.15 per ounce). I liked the bones of this beer, but it just didn’t feel finished.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

New Belgium made their way to New Jersey distribution about six months ago. The amount of posts for people going crazy about Fat Tire on social media was insane. Instead of filling up on that, I picked up this beer from them.

citradelic

ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tune in and hop out with New Belgium Citradelic. Set adrift on a kaleidoscopic wave of hoppiness brought to you by a mystical marriage of Citra hops and tangerine peel, which elevates each sip onto a plane of pure tropical, fruity pleasure. Citradelic’s namesake hop and fruit combine to jam with visions of additional hops like citrusy Mandarina Bavaria, tropical Azzaca, and fruity Galaxy for a colorful explosion that’s grounded by just a touch of malty sweetness. Bored by the status quo? Expand your palate with a pour of Citradelic. Launching January 2016.”

Random: Mandarina Bavaria is becoming one of my favorite hops.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing. THe body was a clear, dark yellow. There was light carbonation visible. The nose was fragrant with a lot of citrus, specifically Mandarin oranges. Grass came through too. The taste wasn’t balanced, but I was okay with that. There was Mandarin oranges, grass and tangerine. Some orange peel came through too. There was some cracker-like malt and a touch of sweetness at the end. The body was light and I wish there was a bit more carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with citrus segments and citrus peel. A single of this was $1.83 ($.15 per ounce), which was an affordable price for this liquid. I enjoyed this beer. It had an interesting citrus note and was an easy drinker. It would make a great barbecue beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0